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A Christmas visit to the Bluebell Railway is a magical experience!

Trains depart from Sheffield Park on all dates, and from East Grinstead on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 24th December only. 

A Wonderful festive experience awaits with all the traditional sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas! Enjoy a visit through the Sussex countryside in all its winter splendour. Snuggle into your comfortable compartment and enjoy a magical trip to Horsted Keynes...

  • Get into the mood with some Christmas music while having your tickets checked
  • Enjoy your very own cosy compartment for your group this year on the Santa Special
  • Board your Santa Specials from one of two starting stations. You can join our services from either Sheffield Park or on selected dates from East Grinstead. PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY which station of departure
  • Chocolate coins will be given to all children to be enjoyed on their journey
  • Drinks trolley will be available onboard some services from Sheffield Park. Although there are outlets on all stations where drinks can be purchase and taken away with you for the journey
  • Enjoy the trip to Horsted Keynes through the winter countryside
  • Visit Santa in his parlour with an opportunity for a photo
  • Collect your special present from Santa- Follow your special route to Santa’s Parlour where you will meet him and get your present. Photos will be possible
  • Your ticket includes traditional fairground amusements
  • Take time for a glass of delicious Mulled Wine on sale in the Pantry & The Buffet at Horsted Keynes. Festive treats will be available too.
  • Pick up Christmas gifts in our shops
  • Climb back onboard your train to return to Sheffield Park or East Grinstead

The whole experience will take around 2 hours and we ask people to arrive in good time

When booking tickets, please check carefully for your required station of departure - Sheffield Park or East Grinstead.


  30th November – 13th December 14th December – 23rd December  24th December 
1st Class Compartment  £220.00 £240.00 £250.00
3rd Class Compartment  £180.00 £200.00 £210.00
Adult* £30.00 £33.50 £35.00
Child* £30.00 £33.50 £35.00
Adult with Carer* £45.00 £50.25 £52.50
Child with Carer* £45.00 £50.25 £52.50
Wheelchair User* £30.00 £33.50 £35.00
Infant under 3 years – present only NO SEAT** £8.00 £8.00 £8.00

Compartment Sizes:

First class compartments are designed to seat up to 6 adults

Third class compartments are designed to seat up to 8 adults


*These ticket holders will be allocated in open carraige seating within our wheelchair accessible coach. The wheelchair accessible area is not bookable online, tickets for parties accopanying a wheelchair user will need to book via our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800. 
**If you have all seats filled in your compartment, any children on laps will require a ticket £8 for the event.


  • There are toilets at each of our stations.
  • There are toilets on some of our trains - please ask station staff for advice on which trains these are available.
  • Baby changing facilities are available at each of our stations, but not on our trains


  • There is plenty of free parking at Sheffield Park station. Public Pay and Display parking is available near to East Grinstead Station. 


  • We are pleased to offer a specially adapted area for wheelchair users' on departures from Sheffield Park station only for this event.
  • To book these seats/spaces please email enquiries@bluebell-railway.com or call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800. 
  • If you or a member of your party have mobility issues and would like to travel during this event, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.
  • Accessible toilets are available at each station, but we regret we have no "Changing Places" toilets, or accessible toilets on our trains


  • Children under 3yrs (and babies) travel for free and don't need a ticket and are not allocated a seat. They may have to
    be seated on a parent or guardian's knee for the journey, dependant on space at your table or in your compartment. If you have all seats filled, any children on laps will require a ticket £8 for the event.
  • Please ensure you enter the age of each child, for accurate gifting
  • Tickets are valid for the date and time specified on the ticket only. Do note these service leave promptly and we are unable to refund for missed trains
  • Tickets only valid for class of travel booked - no upgrades are available
  • Tickets will be issued by email 2 weeks ahead of the event


  • Seats are in a compartment and are automatically allocated by our booking system
  • We do not allocate compartments for use by more than one party
  • Individual tickets are allocated in the open carraige section of the accesssible coach
  • If you are travelling with a larger group or friends and family, please place your reservation as one booking to ensure that you are seated close to each other.


  • We are sorry but no dogs, other than registered assistance dogs, are permitted at this event


  • We're sorry but it isn't possible to take prams/buggies/pushchairs onto our trains during this event. These may be left under the canopy at the departure station, at owners risk


Booking information

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

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